NBA Free Agents 2013: Top Available Veterans Every Team Must Consider

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2013

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Most of the top-tier free agents have been scooped up this offseason, but there are still plenty of players available on the open market who could help most teams in the NBA. The main problem is that most of those players are older and past their prime, but their wealth of knowledge and experience can make up for that.

It's unlikely that there are many players left out there who can step in and start for a team full-time, but most teams are just looking to fill their rosters out. For championship contenders that need a sixth man or up-and-coming teams that need someone to mentor some of the younger players, there is still plenty to be had on the free-agent market.

Here are three veteran players in particular whom each and every team in the NBA should consider as they put the finishing touches on their rosters.


Antawn Jamison

When it comes to power forward Antawn Jamison, teams pretty much know what they're going to get. Jamison has put up great numbers over the course of his 15-year career, which he has spent with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. Re-signing with the Lakers isn't necessarily out of the question, but it seems likely that the 37-year-old veteran will be moving on.

Jamison's career statistics speak for themselves as he holds averages of nearly 19 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He has also shot nearly 35 percent from long range, which is a solid number for a 6'9" forward. Jamison's production was down last year as a bench player for the Lakers, but he was still helpful with more than nine points per contest. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the rival Clippers are showing interest, according to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk.

There is no question that Jamison would be a great fit for the Clippers as he plays away from the basket, whereas starting power forward Blake Griffin is all about dominating the paint. Jamison would offer a change of pace and would help spread the floor. Even though the Clippers are ideal, any number of teams would benefit from Jamison's skill set.


Mo Williams

Guard Mo Williams was placed in a situation that didn't really suit him last year, but he still managed to put up some strong numbers. Williams missed a good chunk of the season due to injury, but he started 46 games at point guard for the Utah Jazz, and he rose to the occasion to the tune of nearly 13 points and more than six assists per game. Williams isn't exactly a true point; however, that's what he had to be for the guard-starved Jazz.

With Utah drafting Michigan point guard Trey Burke, though, Williams has become expendable. Nevertheless, Williams shouldn't be on the open market much longer due to his versatility. The 30-year-old combo guard can play either guard position, he can start and he can come off the bench. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Atlanta Hawks have shown some interest in Williams, which is interesting when you consider that Jeff Teague and Lou Williams are already in the fold.

Even so, Williams could fit well in Atlanta as part of a three-guard rotation. He is used to sharing the ball even though he's a shoot-first guy, so he would add some much-needed depth. If winning is the most important thing to Williams, he may not get a huge contract, but there are definitely some contending teams who would be much better off with Williams coming off the bench.


Jason Maxiell

It's crazy to think that power forward Jason Maxiell has been in the NBA for eight seasons, but that is the case as he is already 30 years of age. He has never played for a team other than the Detroit Pistons, but it seems like that is going to change soon. The Pistons are committed to other big men such as Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, so Maxiell is best off going somewhere else at this point as plenty of teams are looking for a guy like him.

Maxiell is a bit undersized at 6'7", but his effort and compete level make up for that. Maxiell has no issues banging bodies in the paint, and that is what opens up space for other players. When a team signs Maxiell, it won't be paying for numbers. After all, his career averages of six points and 4.4 rebounds don't exactly jump off the page. He does all the little things necessary to win, though.

Maxiell actually did pretty well for himself this past season as he started 71 games, had a career-high in rebounding at 5.7 boards per contest and registered his second-best scoring year at 6.9 points per game. He probably won't get an opportunity to start elsewhere, but his skills will be welcome off the bench pretty much anywhere. It remains to be seen where Maxiell will land, but he'll wind up on his feet for sure.


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